Sarah Haas '17

Program: Bosnia and Herzegovina Summer Internship

Major: Political Science

Minor: Art

Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you decide on this program?

While I interned in Washington DC last summer, I had the opportunity to see US foreign policy from the domestic perspective, but interning and learning more about BiH, I have been able to see the affects, implementation, and pros and cons of US foreign policy abroad.

Briefly describe a specific cultural experience you had on your trip that made a lasting impression.

I think one of the values that stood out to me throughout my time in Bosnia was the hospitality. Everywhere you went, there would be people to offer you coffee, food, a hug, or anything. They are genuine and friendly and want to make you feel welcome in a foreign land.

Describe your overall study abroad experience.

I interned in Sarajevo for Foundation Mozaik, which focuses on creating stable economic growth, especially in post-war BiH. I worked mostly with the PRO-Buducnost (PRO-Future) Project, which is a program funded by USAID and partners with many international NGOs. The goal of PRO-Future is to create direct reconciliation and peace building initiatives especially focusing on youth development and bridging any ethnic or religious divides.

Based on your experiences abroad, what are some of the benefits of spending a semester abroad? How has studying abroad contributed to your personal, academic, and professional development?

My internship showed me the wide net of opportunities there are around the globe. Working with many of the alumni in BiH also increased my awareness and helped me to recognize the Bennie/Johnnie network is always available to support and encourage students to find what they are most passionate about. I also gained a lot of experience learning about post-conflict societies and I am interested in applying this to further research and carrier opportunities.

What advice can you offer for CSB/SJU students who are considering or planning to study abroad?

Travel. Explore. Make the most of the opportunities while you can.